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Posted Date: 08/08/2016

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Celeste educators joined other educators from all over Hunt County to attend two days of workshops and presentations at Caddo Mills High School.  The focus for the conference was STEM education. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) areas have been trending for the last several years.  During the conference, teachers learned methods to better prepare students for careers of the future. 


Several Celeste educators presented at the conference.  Jessica Scogin presented a science lesson that demonstrated how to engage students with hands-on, practical problems that incorporated technology into the classroom, and Shayla Lewis, Nicole Hicks, and Julie Dillard presented on using Minecraft in the classroom.   

Other presenters included Johnny Tharp of the Greenville ISD robotics team, Candy Slocum of Interlink, Inc., Thomas Mead of Innovation First, and Bill Schubert of L3.  Teachers were able to attend Q & A sessions with these local business leaders and gain information on how to prepare students to be productive in the workforce. 

Over 300 local educators attended the STEM conference.  Teachers had opportunities to see 3D printing, robots, coding, augmented reality and other resources that foster creativity and spark imaginations.  Keynote speakers for the conference included Todd Neslony, one of the Center for Digital Education’s “Top Innovators in Education” and award-winning author of “Flipping 2.0,” and Dr. Kecia Ray, an internationally presented author and educator and chair of the International Society for Technology in Education’s board of directors. Finally, teachers had the opportunity to meet and connect with educators from across Hunt County.  The conference allowed teachers to make associations and to establish an educator community where they can network, collaborate and share lessons, ideas and resources.